Thursday, January 14, 2010


Thurs., Jan. 14, 2010 - Surf Report: Chemistry

Surf Report: Chemistry

From the site:
“Explore chemistry online with these Web sites for students and teachers.”

Annotated sites for:
Elementary and Middle School l High School l Teachers l Periodic Tables

Created 1/2010


Thurs., Jan. 14, 2010 - Galileo

McGraw-Hill’s AccessScience

Galileo Galilei was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and consequent astronomical observations, and support for Copernicanism.  

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Q & A
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Thurs., Jan. 14, 2010 - NOVA: Secret Life of Scientists: Dava Newman

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Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Subject: [NOVA Teachers]

Secret Life of Scientists: Dava Newman

Online only.

MIT's Dava Newman develops ergonomic space suits for NASA and
travels the world in her sailboat. Have your students send in
questions for Dava to answer.


Thurs., Jan. 14, 2010 - PBS: Digitally Inclined / Benjamin Latrobe: America's First Architect / NATURE: Clash: Encounters of Bears & Wolves / NOVA : Riddle of the Sphinx / AMEX: Influenza 1918

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PBS Teachers Newsletter: January 17-23, 2010

New Research Reveals PreK-12 Educators Increasingly Value and Use Digital Media; Download Your Free Copy

The annual PBS/Grunwald survey, "Digitally Inclined," was released Tuesday. The survey includes data collected from pre-K educators for the first time and reveals the growing use of digital media among educators. Here's a link to the release for more details and to download a free copy of the survey:

From the site:
ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 5, 2010 – According to a new national research report, “Digitally Inclined,” compiled by Grunwald Associates LLC for PBS, teachers are making significant progress in adoption of digital media and Internet use. These findings clearly signal widespread changes in both early childhood and K-12 education, including more effective individualized instruction.” <<>>

To access the free report, “Digitally Inclined,” go to


Benjamin Latrobe: America's First Architect
On-Air & Online
Gr.6-8 / 9-12
Monday, January 18, 2010
10 - 11:00 pm
Noted architecture critic Paul Goldberger hosts this
documentary biography of Benjamin Latrobe, the creator of the
first uniquely "American" architecture. The film explores
Latrobe's life, from his early years in England to his
immigration to the young republic and his work on such iconic
buildings as the U.S. Capitol, the White House and the
Baltimore Basilica. (CC, Stereo, HD)


Clash: Encounters of Bears and Wolves
On-Air & Online
Gr. 9-12
Sunday, January 17, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
What happens when two great predators come face to face in
Yellowstone? The grizzly and the wolf -- they couldn't be more
different. The bear is a loner, ranging far and wide in search
of a rich variety of resources. The wolf hunts to survive and
finds its strength in speed and teamwork. Their strategies have
taken them to the very top of Yellowstone, and it's no simple
matter when they meet. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Riddles of the Sphinx
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
8 - 9:00 pm
The Great Sphinx is disappearing. The face of the mysterious
pharaoh is being sandblasted to oblivion, its features eroded
beyond recognition by whipping winds, while its limestone
lion's body is being dissolved by rising saltwater and sewage
and shaken by planes, cars and construction. An international
team of archeologists, architects and engineers, led by Zahi
Hawass and Mark Lehner, is racing against time to save the
Sphinx. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)
[NOTE: See guide pasted below. – Phyllis]


Influenza 1918: American Experience
On-Air & Online
Gr. 6-8 / 9-12
This is the story of the post-WWI spread of Spanish Influenza
across America. (CC, Stereo, HD, 1 year)


Copyright 2008 PBS Online


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Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 4:15 PM
Subject: [NOVA Teachers] Riddles of the Sphinx airs January 19

Hello Educators,

For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over
Egypt's Giza Plateau. In "Riddles of the Sphinx," NOVA searches for
clues to its mysterious origins: How was it built, and who or what
does it represent? Watch as NOVA's team of experts--archaeologists,
engineers, and stone masons--try to carve a scale-model of the
Sphinx to reveal techniques ancient Egyptians may have used to
create this gigantic sculpture. They also unearth new discoveries
about the people who built the Sphinx and why they created such a
haunting and stupendous image.

Here is what you'll find online:

Watch Online
Watch a preview now, and the entire program after broadcast. (Grades
6-8, 9-12)

Explore the Giza Plateau
Savor 360* panoramas and other striking photographs of the Sphinx
and Pyramids. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Excavating the Lost City
Egyptologist Mark Lehner describes the lives of the
pyramid-builders, as revealed in his ongoing excavation of the
ancient town. (Grades 9-12)

Saving the Sphinx
Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities,
discusses his efforts to save this timeless sculpture. (Grades 9-12)

The Dream Stela of Thutmosis IV
Egyptologist Kasia Szpakowska examines a famous stone monument
erected between the Sphinx's front paws 3,500 years ago. (Grades
6-8, 9-12)

Media-Rich Lesson Ideas from NOVA
NOVA is delighted to bring an exciting new way to engage your
students in the wonders of science. These media-rich lesson ideas
help you navigate the myriad resources on the NOVA website and
integrate NOVA video, interactive features, lessons, and much more
into your science or social studies classroom. Check out the lesson
ideas for "Riddles of the Sphinx" (available on Tuesday, January 19).

Program Transcript
The transcript is usually available one to three weeks after the
original broadcast date.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 - HP Teacher Experience Exchange

HP Teacher Experience Exchange

From the site:

“Welcome to the HP Teacher Experience Exchange, a free site providing teacher discussion forums, lesson plans and many other teacher resources.”


Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 - Student Treasures

From the site:
“If your elementary school is like most, you lack an easy and cost-effective way of publishing your students' writing and illustrations into hard-bound books. We offer several Free K-6 student publishing programs.”


Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 - Scitable


From the site:

What is Scitable?

A free science library and personal learning tool brought to you by Nature Publishing Group, the world's leading publisher of science.

Scitable currently concentrates on genetics, the study of evolution, variation, and the rich complexity of living organisms. As you cultivate your understanding of modern genetics on Scitable, you will explore not only what we know about genetics and the ways it impacts our society, but also the data and evidence that supports our knowledge.


Wed., Jan. 13, 2010 - Dangerous Decibels

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Site of the Day for Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Dangerous Decibels

Today's site, a collaborative initiative of the Oregon Hearing Research Center at
the Oregon Health & Science University and the Oregon Museum of Science and
Industry, among others, offers information designed to reduce hearing loss through
public education measures. Gentle Subscribers may find this primer on preventable
hearing loss a useful guide.

"The Dangerous Decibels project is a public health campaign designed to reduce the
incidence and prevalence of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) and tinnitus (ringing
in the ear) by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of school-aged
children. The project is built upon an innovative collaboration between basic
science researchers, museum educators, civic leaders, Oregon and Southwest
Washington schools and volunteers in a unique public/private partnership." - from
the website

Even though the statistics quoted at the site are dated, they paint a disturbing
picture of noise caused hearing loss in youngsters between the ages of  9 - 16 and
the significant number of adults who have some hearing impairment. The highlight of
the site is the Virtual Exhibit, where the volume is initially set by the user at a
comfortable level, followed by a number of interactive activities to focus on the
impact of hearing loss and its prevention. One of the interactive modules presents
different sounds as they are experienced by the hearing impaired; participants
attempt to identify each sound from the pictures provided. Additional material
includes an overview of human hearing, with amazing close-up photos of damaged hair
cells in the ear's cochlea. Other interactive activities that promote awareness of
dangers to hearing are also available.

Swing over to the site for information on what can be done to reduce hearing
impairment at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Tues., Jan. 12, 2010 -

From the site:

"Welcome to, a site dedicated to providing you with
detailed information on file extensions. This site is based on a huge
database offering file extension information, mainly (but not
exclusive to) the Microsoft Windows, MAC OS X and Unix based operating


Tues., Jan. 12, 2010 - 40 Superb Psychology Blogs / 100 things Your Kids May Never Know About

Sites found in:
NEAT NEW STUFF, July 24, 2009

40 Superb Psychology Blogs
A number of these blogs, covering topics as diverse as autism, forensic psychology, developmental psychology, neuromarketing, and bipolar disorders, might be as interesting to the general public as to psychologists.


100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About

Geek Dad muses over a world that technology and social change have virtually erased - typewriters, pay phones, card catalogs, slide rules, print dictionaries, everybody in a car listening to the same radio station, manually unlocking your car, etc. While you're at it, try browsing the entire Geek Dad blog.


Neat New Stuff I Found This Week
Copyright, Marylaine Block, 1999-2008.


Tues., Jan. 12, 2010 - The Great Depression: History Today, March 2009

History Now
Issue 19, March 2009: The Great Depression

“As Americans anxiously watch the stock market’s daily fluctuations, the rising unemployment rate, housing foreclosures and the scandals that have rocked the financial world, fear of another Great Depression hovers in our minds. The Gilder Lehrman Institute has asked a group of six distinguished contributors to examine the particular circumstances that created and surrounded the Depression of the 1930s, the impact of policies chosen and paths untaken. They remind us that many of the institutions, programs, regulations, and safeguards in place today were born in the crucible of an earlier era.

There could be no better time to re-examine the Great Depression and the New Deal than 2009.”

In This Issue:

From the Editor:

From the Teacher’s Desk:
Lesson Plans for high school, middle school and elementary school classrooms

Beyond the Textbook:
Teachers review and discuss American history books for classroom use

Hard Times: The Great Depression on New York's Lower East Side

Historians Perspective:

The Great Depression: An Overview
by David M. Kennedy

The WPA: Antidote to the Great Depression?
by Nick Taylor

The Hundred Days and Beyond: What did the New Deal Accomplish?
by Anthony Badger

Women in the Great Depression
by Susan Ware

The New Deal, Then and Now
by Alan Brinkley

Are Artists "Workers"?
by Elizabeth Broun


Tues., Jan. 12, 2010 - NOVA: Building Pharaoh's Ship

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Date: Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 4:21 PM
Subject: [NOVA scienceNOW] "Building Pharaoh's Ship"

Building Pharaoh's Ship
Tuesday, January 12 at 8pm ET/PT on NOVA

A magnificent trading vessel embarks on a royal expedition to a
mysterious, treasure-laden land called Punt. Is this journey,
intricately depicted on the wall of one of Egypt's most impressive
temples, mere myth--or was it a reality? NOVA travels to the
legendary temple, built some 3,500 years ago for the celebrated
female pharaoh Hatshepsut, in search of answers to this tantalizing
archeological mystery. Did Punt exist and, if so, where was it? Did
the ancient Egyptians, who built elaborate barges to sail down the
Nile, also have the expertise to embark on a long sea voyage? In
"Building Pharaoh's Ship," NOVA follows a team of archeologists and
boat builders as they reconstruct the mighty vessel shown on the
mysterious carving and then finally launch it on the Red Sea on a
unique voyage of discovery.

Follow the Pharaoh Hatshepsut's voyage to the fabled Land of Punt as
chronicled in an ancient wall carving, explore a masterpiece of
ancient shipbuilding found a half century ago buried beside the
Great Pyramid, and more on the program's companion website.

Watch the program online beginning January 13.

Monday, January 11, 2010


Mon., Jan. 11, 2010 - Citizen King

Citizen King - PBS Online - Grades 8 to 12
[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This companion site to a PBS special focuses on the last five years of Dr. Martin Luther King's life, from his "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963 to his assassination in 1968. Highlights include a discussion of his non-violence philosophy, video perspectives, an interactive map of civil rights hot spots throughout the United States, several links to interactive timelines, and a teacher's guide.”<<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Mon., Jan. 11, 2010 - The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Non-violent Social Change - The King Center - Grades 4 to 12

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

Site found on

“This site is one of two official Martin Luther King sites. Come to this site to learn more about Martin Luther King, Jr: his life, his legacy, the holiday honoring him, his wife and family, and more. There are video and audio inserts, PDF printables, excellent research information, and a very inspiring Flash enabled speech.” <<>>

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Mon., Jan. 11, 2010 - Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today's site, from the Cleveland Public Library's comprehensive Photograph
Collection, presents a pictorial history of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Gentle Subscribers will find a moving portrait of Dr. King's struggle to tear down
the barriers of segregation during the 1960's.

"The Cleveland Public Library has a long standing tradition of honoring the life
and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the month of January. ... This year,
70 photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including photos of his family,
assassination, and funeral, were chosen from the extensive Photograph Collection
for display on the CPL Web site." - from the website

The exhibit features dozens of images of Dr. King and those who rallied with him
during the turbulent years of the Civil Rights Movement. Arranged by theme and
time, the collection highlights his family life as well as his work, providing
images of Dr. King's wife and children at home. Additional sections focus on the
assassination, the funeral and memorial services which followed.

March to the site for an evocative review of the life of this notable American at:

A.M. Holm
view the List archives on the web at:


Mon., Jan. 11, 2010 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

This federal holiday honoring the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday in January. In 2009, the holiday falls on Jan. 19.  This site by Infoplease provides information on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and other important civil rights leaders.

Source: Refdesk:

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Sun., Jan. 10, 2010 - Grade Genie

Grade Genie

From the site:
“GradeGenie is a website that allows students and faculty to share non-copyrighted, academically allowed course materials with other students. Items such as class notes, study guides, prior homework assignments and other materials that would help a student gain a more in-depth understanding of their coursework would be offered on the site. Items such as tests, etc, or anything that would be in violation of the academic fraud and plagiarism policies are NOT allowed.”

Review from:
Free Technology For Teachers

 “Grade Genie is an interesting note-sharing system for college students. Grade Genie lets students upload their course notes for others in their class to see. When students register they identify their college and identify the courses that they are taking. Then anyone that is in the same course can share notes. Each week Grade Genie gives iTunes gift cards to ten users that have uploaded quality notes.”


Sun., Jan. 10, 2010 - Cybersmart Curriculum

Cybersmart Curriculum - McGraw – Hill - Grades 0 to 12

Site found on

This site boasts activities designed to help educators utilize technology and internet resources in the class room. The site provides lessons and web-activities about technology and the internet for grades K-12. The activities are all standards based. The topics include cyberbullying, web 2.0 tools, K-12 scope and sequence chart, safety and security online, and others!

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]


Sun., Jan. 10, 2010 - The Decade That Was (NY Times)

The Decade That Was - New York Times - Grades 6 to 12

Site found on

Looking for a great New Year class activity? This is the site for you! This 50 question, fill in the blank activity is ideal for reviewing past events of the decade. Answers can all be found by clicking on the blanks and reading through the linked news story. If you scroll to the bottom a word bank is also available, as is a link to the answers. This site is great for history or current event class.

Entire review and suggestions for using this site “In the Classroom”:


Sun., Jan. 10, 2010 - King Arthur's Legends

King Arthur's Legends

From the site:

King Arthur is one of the most familiar figures of Western lore to ever exist. Literature, art, stage, and screen have all paid tribute to this mysterious figure seen as the savior-king of Britain. Many historians believe that Arthur very likely did exist, if not quite as the romantic hero he has become.

Since many of the early Dark Age heroes were real men upon whom mythical ability and position were often thrust by storytellers, it is very likely that Arthur was a Dark Age warrior, perhaps even a petty king or war-leader of the Celts upon whom all the rest of the mythological superstructure was formed.

The Lady Guinevere | Establishment of the Round Table | Lady of the Lake 
Merlin | Queen Morgana Le Fay | The Excalibur

[NOTE: Previously posted. - Phyllis ]

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